Intro to Archives
6-Week Course Starts July 1, 2019
This course provides an overview of sound archival practices and the long-term care of permanent records. Participants will learn how to determine what records should be archived and how to connect preservation efforts to the processing and storage of collections. Basic physical processing of archival collections -- proper ways to identify, prepare and store materials -- as well as evaluating the records for preservation concerns will be covered The importance of maintaining intellectual control of materials, including the creation of finding aids, will be emphasized. Quizzes and written assignments will allow participants to put their new-found knowledge to use immediately.
- Describe the role of the archivist
- Learn how to make appraisal decisions
- Discover how to organize records
- Identify necessary actions that will prevent and slow down deterioration of records
- Create tools to help your users locate what they need from the collection
- Construct a finding aid
- Compose a reference policy for access
Note: This course is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
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Carmen Cowick provides training, support and consulting services for libraries in the areas of preservation and collections care. She previously worked as a preservation specialist at Amigos Library Services and in the library and archives of The American Irish Historical Society, The Seamen's Church Institute, and the Special Collections department at CUNY Queens College. She received a bachelor's degree in art history and a master's degree in library science with a certificate in archives and preservation of cultural materials from CUNY Queens College in New York City.
Ms. Cowick has written numerous scholarly articles on preservation-related topics and is the author of the books Digital Curation Projects Made Easy and Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness.